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Boxer-Puncher versus Out-Boxer & Swarmer (diary entry)

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31.08.21 Tuesday’s “Learn from the Fight” lesson focused on two championship bouts where Isiah “Ike” Williams defended his World Lightweight title. Williams was born in Brunswick, Georgia on 2nd August 1923. He moved to Trenton, New Jersey as a boy and apparently worked as a newsboy. He turned professional in 1940 aged 17. He fought 157 fights, including newspaper decisions, with an official record of 128 wins (61 KOs), 24 losses and five draws. He was a natural lightweight and […]

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Vagabond Warriors Webinar Workout

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04.07.21 Sunday saw the first Vagabond Warriors Webinar Workout. This was a follow up to the previous Vagabond Warriors Cross-Training webinar where I introduced my teaching and training concepts. Here we had an opportunity to go back through this information and apply to home workouts. We applied CSI – Clarification, Scepticism and Individuality and the Hierarchy Of Training. Within the HOT plan we used the Tabata protocol for three workouts based on specific training, attribute training and functional training. Specific […]

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Combination 5 & 6 with Keiryu (diary entry)

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04.05.21 The third part of my course on “Rhythm and Flow” combinations for stand-up fighting for Keiryu Practical Karate continued on Tuesday. This is a Zoom training experience for adults and teenagers. Tonight we went through the punch and footwork dominant combinations five and six. Combination five is very much a switch-hitting combination. After the initial jab/cross the fighter switches to southpaw and lands with a cross before using shuffle step to throw a right hook/left hook/right uppercut combination to […]

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Combination 7 Partner Work (diary entry)

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29.03.21 Reaching hour nine of my two clients’ second course on rhythm and flow stand-up fighting combinations, we covered the seventh combination. This combination chains together strikes from the head to the body to the head to the body to head and back to the body. It was a classic, tight, close-range approach containing a liver shot in the middle and a rear knee at the end. We incorporated it into footwork, head movement and defensive guard tactics, allowing it […]

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The Uppercut is Important (diary entry)

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22.03.21 Monday night’s final lesson was my class with Athena School of Karate where I continued my boxing programme. Tonight the uppercut came under the spotlight. Along with the cross/straight right, this is considered to be a true power punch. There have been many famous knockouts achieved using the uppercut, but there are few real masters of this particular punch and even fewer in modern boxing due to the current trend in outside fighting. The uppercut requires toe-to-toe range to […]

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Virtual Pad Combinations Begin (diary entry)

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    13.02.21 We began my client’s new course of 10 hours with work on transferring five combinations for shadow boxing to the virtual pads. This was done using a shorter round format. You might recall from previous diary entries, that we have been using the 10 minute round format to allow for easier to digest tutorials on the 14 rhythm and flow stand-up striking combinations. Using the 5 minute round format keeps the focus tighter for shorter periods. I […]

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Stand-up Combination 3 (diary entry)

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18.01.21 Athena School of Karate very kindly booked me back to continue my series of workshops on stand-up combinations. These half an hour sessions conducted – as all training sessions have been during the lockdown restrictions – via online live video streaming, teach and break down Dutch-inspired kickboxing combinations. Our objective is to promote better rhythm and flow in stand-up strikes. This week we covered combination number 3. This particular combination is noted for its particularly lengthy series of punches […]

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Building Dutch Combinations

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29.12.20 Tonight’s teacher consultancy served as preparation for a series of online workshops I am running for the Athena School of Karate on stand-up combinations and strategies. We looked a two Dutch-style Kickboxing combinations, designed to promote fluidity of techniques, chaining of punches with kicks, blending in defences and the camouflaging of powerful kicks. The first combination utilised heavy body kicks and was used to set up a powerful rear low kick. This final technique was made particularly effective by […]

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Forest School Second Anti-Grappling Session (diary entry)

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14.12.20 Forest School of Karate booked me for their seventh session in the full “When Parents Aren’t Around” course. This current trilogy of lessons concern anti-grappling. Last time I introduced the class to the role grappling should play in self-defence. In high risk situations, it is usually a backup strategy due to the risk of getting entangled and secondary enemies being present. However, it takes on a more obvious role in mid to low level risk situations where control and […]

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De-Escalation and Limb Control (diary entry)

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13.12.20 Sunday morning’s teaching consultancy was split into a soft skills section on de-escalation and then some heavy bag work using limb control. For the former we went through information taken from my anti-bullying lesson. We discussed various tactics for defusing incidents at the pre-fight stage. These tactics should always start from a position of strength i.e. the fence must always be en force. From here options include deflections, empathy, separating leaders from groups and simple ignoring. As with all […]

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Hard Skills III: Regaining the Initiative (diary entry)

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29.11.20 The third part of CCMA’s Hard Skills webinars, presented in cooperation with Keiryu Practical Karate and Athena Schools of Karate, addressed the first stages of when matters go wrong in a counter-assault situation. Our overall strategy has been to be take charge of a bad situation as quickly as possible. We can see their proactive approach runs throughout the CCMA combat strategy. Everything is geared towards gaining control and minimizing personal injury. Initially this is through trying to avoid […]

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Technique Isolation; Combination Innovation (diary entry)

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14.11.20 My client began the first hour of his Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training with a 12 round dissection of popular techniques. The premise for most rounds was to do two combinations primarily featuring the chosen technique. As we progressed, I encouraged my client to suggest his own combinations. This was to make the entire experience less passive and more proactive. Here and there I would suggest ways to improve the combination he put forward from a tactical […]

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More Superman Punching (diary entry)

27.10.20 My teacher consultation lesson was originally intended to tackle ways to set up the Superman Punch. Although this topic was touched upon, along with feedback on the Bizarro punch, we also took several detours into discussing several self-protection topics for teachers and students such as how violent crimes can dramatically adjust an individual’s morality and the problems with martial arts discussions in general. Superman Punch is generally set up with kicks. This isn’t to say the technique cannot be […]

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Guest Teaching Speed, Evasion & Multiple Attack (diary entry)

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30.04.20   On Thursday the Oxford School of Martial Arts booked me to take a video class. 30 students logged on to train along to a self-defence visualisation/restricted training lesson. As is always the case with this club, the enthusiasm and energy was great.   We began with some dynamic stretching and then performed a few basic techniques at increasing speed. Techniques included straight strikes, hooks and knee marching.   I then covered some simple speed training exercises that can […]

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